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Crystal Palace: Patrick Vieira can land his own Ivan Toney in Ludovic Ajorque

Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira can land his own Ivan Toney by completing a €15m (£12.6m) swoop for Strasbourg striker Ludovic Ajorque this summer.

According to Football Insider, the Eagles are among three Premier League clubs who are interested in signing the Frenchman after he impressed playing in Ligue 1 last season.

He currently has two years left on his contract at Strasbourg but is said to be keen on a move to the Premier League. He’s also shone in pre-season and scored both goals in his club’s 2-2 draw with Brentford recently.

If you look at his statistics he performs very similarly to the Bees’ star striker Ivan Toney in many areas, if Palace signed him and he replicated the Englishman’s form, then it would be a worthy investment.

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In one of his recent columns for Caught Offside, journalist Fabrizio Romano said that Brentford have placed an asking price of £40-£45m on Toney, so it could be a bargain for Palace to get someone just as good for a fraction of the cost.

He’s also currently on a wage of just £14k-per-week so his salary wouldn’t break the bank.

Ajorque scored 12 goals and assisted eight in 36 league games for Strasbourg last season with Toney scoring the same amount in the Premier League.

The 28-year-old Frenchman had more shots on target per 90 minutes so is arguably the better striker. Of course, the top flight in England poses a different and harder challenge, but it’s one Ajorque will relish.

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It’s not just scoring where the similarities in the players end, they both create well too, with Toney tallying ten goal-creating actions compared to Ajorque’s nine.

He’s been described as a “complete player” by his manager Julien Stephan and it’s hard to disagree. He’s proved that he can reach the levels of a good quality Premier League striker, so it’s not a surprise that several clubs are interested.

Newcastle United and Leicester City are the two other sides monitoring the situation, but the Magpies are also interested in reuniting with Toney.

We may see a battle for Ajorque’s signature, and with the exciting project on offer in the North East, Palace need to move quickly to make sure they don’t miss out on him.

With the club ready to axe striker Christian Benteke, they should put all their focus on signing the Frenchman.

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